To fans of the genre, it's stellar. It's got just over one hundred songs, each with their own backgroud videos, modes that test both your stamina and your composure, and more of what people have come to expect from dancing games.
The formula remains the same as other rhythm games, but it's enough of a new twist if you're looking to break away from DDR for a while and try something with a slightly different and successful approach to the genre.
The new dance pad changes the mechanics of dance games a bit for the better even if it is a bit frustrating at times to keep your bearings while on the mat. Bring a spare shirt too because the action is frenzied and sweat is an assurance.
This won't be a welcome addition for newbies, but if you've breezed through "Bemani," the aggressively challenging Pump It Up: Exceed will reward you. Just be prepared to earn it when you step up. [Oct 2005, p.102]